Aaagh Ethan Hunt, aka Hollywood top gun actor Tom Cruise, spending a thrilling and always accelerating action packed afternoon of pure escapism and entertainment with your Mission: Impossible force (IMF) is an exhilarating ride.
Have to say I really enjoyed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation the latest and fifth movie in the franchise. The movie was certainly a panacea; a remedy for all my ills – especially the aches and pains of ageing.
Ethan Hunt wants to discover who the secret head of The Syndicate is, a new world order dastardly masterminding murder and mayhem around the world, without anyone but Ethan being on his trail.
Goodness Mr Cruise, as a ‘global cultural icon’ you certainly keep raising that bar even higher if possible, in your quest to deliver a breathless kind of blisteringly impossible experience for your audience, producing great adventures that even exceed the grand manner ‘Baroque style’ scale.
Your versatility is amazing, your ability to perform the stunts yourself totally awesome.
It’s no surprise to me with your philanthropic works and clear commitment to excellence in the art of entertainment that you were awarded a ‘Legend of our Lifetime Award in 2014.
The Mission: Impossible force have from strength to strength since you rebooted the series for the new age in 1996 Mr Cruise, playing the now iconic character Ethan Hunt, who is now as indispensable as he is appealing
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, now showing in Cinemas around Australia, takes the audience on a journey for over two hours, where they don’t have to think about anything else but having a good time.
How about that opening shot, with Ethan Hunt hanging off a plane as it takes off with his offsider and loyal pal Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) trying frantically to open the door and let him in.
No faking it or using ‘computer modelling’ to produce the shot, it took at least half a dozen takes Mr Cruise revealed in an interview on the Today show with Richard Wilkins, filming it as it happened with the equivalent of a seat belt his only lifeline.
The audience are all kept dazed throughout admiring the cast and crew; the imaginative creative minds that help to bring together the great cast who all deliver the goods, in a forceful display of energy, enthusiasm and excitement.
They all excelled under the direction of Christopher MacQuarrie in this instance, becoming the elite IMF force we can but only hope stick around for the next one.
Must say that I find it truly amazing the IMF have been around for all of my adult life.
First as the fabulously successful television series when the suave, sophisticated Peter Graves (1926-2010) took over as director Jim Phelps of the IMF during the first season 1966 – 1973
Phelps won a Golden Globe Award in 1971, becoming an iconic figure that was invited to come on board again for a 1990 reworking of two seasons of the popular television series, which amazingly, was filmed in Australia.
The IMF has always received its instructions on a recording that self-destructs and this has been ongoing, advancing creatively along with the technological era. Must say I enjoyed how they went back to the future of ‘vinyl’ to deliver the message in the latest production in the franchise.
Alec Baldwin is just perfect as the head of the CIA Alan Hunley. He was reported as saying…
“This is a big, big, big action film with lavish sets, an incredible cast and mind-blowing stunts — things that can only be done in the movies…and… what movies are all about”
Awful, officious, he’s able to met morph from his initial sleazy character into a patriot who becomes the voice of reason in the end, not easy to achieve,
Getting gassed in the glass booth for Mr Hunt also could not have been pleasant, as the familiar voice announced to the IMF they were now not only disavowed but also defunct!
The reality for Ethan Hunt and his IMF is the Rogue Nation known as The Syndicate, whose desire is only about evil prevailing, has gained the upper hand.
With the IMF disbanded, and Ethan Hunt out in the cold, he now faces off against this network of highly skilled special agents, who are all highly trained operatives hell bent on creating a new world order through an escalating series of terrorist attacks.
Ethan gathers his small team around him and joins forces with disavowed British agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson). She may or may not be a member of this rogue nation and as the group faces their most impossible mission yet, they scale impossible heights together.
So how will Hunt survive… we travel from the refined sophisticated opera house in Vienna, where poor old Benji decked out in his stylish evening threads finds himself once again in a cage masterminding computers and where Ethan and Ilsa have to absail off its roof, to the desert regions surrounding the legendary city of Casablanca, all the while wondering how we the audience are going to survive.
The clock is ticking once more, as we go on more than a car chase and a bicycle ride Ethan Hunt style. You couldn’t have faked that look of horror on Benji’s face as the car does about seven back flips, it was real terror.
Hunt must keep the IMF team from fraying – even while he’s trying to keep the world safe from The Syndicate. Says Cruise:
“This installment is about the complications of friendship that happen when enormous pressure comes down on these guys. Who do you trust and who should you not trust? Who is really going to be there for you when the chips are down? Who is going to keep their head under fire? And how can they work together to make things happen? I think ‘Rogue Nation’ is about finding that intimate aspect of true teamwork in the face of pure evil.” Said Tom Cruise.
Wow, “In this film, Ethan and his team come up against a really terrifying villain, one who is a match for them all, someone who challenges them physically, intellectually and emotionally,” Cruise says.
“Right from the film’s first moments, Ethan and the team are on their heels, desperately moving from one situation to the next. The action is gripping but true to ‘Mission: Impossible,’ within the suspense, there’s a lot of humor and romance” observes Mr Cruise, and I would have to say I couldn’t say it as eloquently.
As always the music is hugely integral to the whole show as is the synergy between the actors and their characters. In this Ethan Hunt has finally met his female match, with Rebecca Ferguson playing Ilsa Faust.
J.J. Abrams noted that was impressed with what she brought to the equation. “It’s great to see a woman in the world of the spy action movie, where men usually get most of the great moments, who brings as many great moments as any man in the movie. Rebecca is a terrific actress,” he commented.
The Syndicate is anti- IMF, agents trained just like the IMF – but to do the work of evil.” And Solomon Lane who is a former British agent turned rogue who is carrying out The Syndicate’s aims has a capability sets him apart in the “Mission” world, notes David Ellison.
He says “What’s fantastic about Solomon Lane is that every time you think Ethan is a step ahead of him, he’s actually falling behind. They play out a fantastic physical and mental chess match.”
Sean Harris, who is head honcho villain Solomon Lane, is so convincing he makes you believe he’s ‘half brutal, half trying to seduce’ his prey, Ethan Hunt.
Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are all given the chance to take their characterisations far more than a few bounds forward working together in great style.
Simon Pegg as Benji is a delicious foil for them all, met morphing from the man back at headquarters or stuck in a van to a full- fledged field agent.
Pegg admits that he could hardly wait to head off on another “Mission: Impossible.” “When you get that call that they’re doing another one, it’s always exciting,” he explains. “Then you wait for the script, hoping your character doesn’t die!”
Well we all hope you stay on deck too Simon… and so what’s not to like about Ethan Hunt’s and his IMF. Well from my perspective, not much! The scripts are good (not mind bending but that is not what is required), the acting believable, the actors committed and the action, adventurous + to say the least. We’re not expected to embrace the idea it’s real, the well placed wit keeps us at a level of exhilaration and enjoyment; the stuff dreams are made of.
You just have to keep it going Mr Cruise until creaking bones and the signs of ageing begin to slow you down.
Today experts are telling us there is a lot of benefits attached to allowing the mind to wander from a personal perspective, which I subscribe to. After seeing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation I came home far more energized and ready to complete my pressing writing assignments.
Personally I would have to give Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation at least Ten out of Ten for pure escapism, perhaps even more…
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015.
Watch the Trailer
Paramount Pictures and Skydance
presents a Tom Cruise-Bad Robot Production
The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie (“Edge of Tomorrow,” “Jack Reacher,” “The Usual Suspects”), screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and story by Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce based on the Television Series created by Bruce Geller.
The film has been Produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger with Jake Myers as the Executive Producer.
The film’s accomplished crew includes returning Director of Photography Robert Elswit, Production designer Jim Bissell, as well as Editor Eddie Hamilton and Visual Effects supervisor David Vickery.
The Costume designer is Joanna Johnston and the great action Music is by Joe Kraemer.